2016 Geneva Motor Show – Audi Q2
I haven’t even finished with the impressive vehicles at the Geneva Show, and I’m already overwhelmed with info from New York. The Ingolstadt name has finally introduced the junior member of the Q family, the Audi Q2. The vehicle was imagined as an urban-type vehicle, meant for everyday driving and recreation. I, for one, am seeing a stylish mix between an Audi Q5 and a Mercedes A-class.
The fresh overall aesthetics probably appeal to a younger audience than Audi’s other crossovers, independent from the Q family”, said Audi Head of Design Marc Lichte. The Q2 is 4.19 meters (13.7 ft) long, 1.79 meters (5.9 ft) wide, 1.51 meters (5.0 ft); despite the relatively small cabin space shouldn’t be an issue.
Customers will benefit from six different engine choices, ranging between 116 to 190 PS. The entry-level version comes with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder TFSI powerplant, while two 1.4- and 2.0-liter four-cylinders complete the petrol lineup. Three diesel versions are also on offer, available in 1.6- and 2.0-liters guise.
Audi has decided a six-speed manual transmission should be standard equipment, while the dual-clutch S-tronic seven-speed gearbox is also available. The front-wheeled drive Q2 is a practical vehicle, but the top 2.0 TFSI and TDI versions benefit from all-wheel drive, making them fun and off-road worthy as well. The optional equipment list also includes adaptive dampers, for improved driving characteristics.
The interior cabin shows off a new, minimalist design and the “virtual cockpit” digital display as an option. The MMI multimedia system is standard, including the tablet-like screen, and the (optional) MMI navigation, with touch sensitivity and voice control, not to mention the WiFi hotspot, iOS and Android smartphone interface.
It’s worth mentioning that all Audi Q2 versions come with the “pre safe” Emergency Braking System. Adaptive Cruise Control, with Stop & Go function, Traffic Jam Assist, Lane-Departure Warning System, Lane-Keeping Assistant, Traffic Sign Recognition and Parking and Cross-Traffic Rear Assist. Come autumn, you will be able to enjoy all of this.